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Wednesday, May 12 2010

Paranoid Android: Is Music the Opiate of the iPod-Owning Masses?

Wherein our curmudgeonly record shop owner realizes that his store with its bins full of vinyl was his own personal iPod long before the iPod was ever invented.


Monday, May 10 2010

‘Cause Who Would Hear Me Scream? A Faith No More Mixtape for the Joker

One could almost make the case that the four Faith No More albums produced during the Mike Patton era were written for the Joker.


Sunday, May 9 2010

So, Taylor Swift, How Far Do You Wanna Go?

Taylor Swift’s Fearless tour in Kansas City saw her go so far as to perform a mid-song hug-a-thon with her audience -- rather like a presidential candidate working the crowd -- except, as my brother said, “I went to a John Kerry rally, and he didn’t hug anybody.”


Friday, April 30 2010

Things We Were Due to Forget: The Cold Undertow of Minimal Waves

When a music such as minimal wave “comes back”, it forces us to think about its lifeline, particularly its death. Yet what does it mean to relive a memory that we never even had?


Sunday, April 25 2010

Soundscape Mix #5: Alternative Tentacles

The music and spoken word of Alternative Tentacles proved that revolutionary activity could be more than another of life's grinds. You can change the world, and have a fun time doing it. Download our latest free mixtape.


Wednesday, April 21 2010

It’s Not Who You Know, It’s What You Do with Who You Know

Bassist and composer Dave Holland has been making adventurous, melodic jazz for 40 years with the likes of Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny and many others.


Tuesday, April 20 2010

Isn’t This Where We Came In?

Have you ever combined the first and last sentence of a novel or a song? The results are often amusing, and sometimes revelatory.


Monday, April 19 2010

Cathedral: Keep ‘em Guessing

Instead of carrying on with the same old doom metal, Cathedral mastermind Lee Dorrian decided to pull out all the stops. The result is a lavish double album that will befuddle some and enthrall many.


Sunday, April 18 2010

Greil Marcus on Van Morrison: When That Rough God Goes Riding

This is the story of a burly monk in shades, of flesh chasing the divine, of a voice ecstatic in southern blues and gospel and Celtic mysticism.


Wednesday, April 14 2010

Pour Some Sugarland on Me: Why Country Music Is the New Classic Rock

Question: Since everyone seems to love the big arena-rock of the '80s, why don't they make records like that anymore? Answer: They do. It's called country music, now.


The Revival: A Declaration for Female Emcees

Hip-hop needs a women's movement ala Seneca Falls. The Declaration of Sentiments used the Declaration of Independence as its structural model (in hip-hop we call that "sampling").


Thursday, April 8 2010

Will Hoge Survives the Wreckage

It never entered his mind that he wouldn’t tour again, but after the accident, Will Hoge was eager just to walk again.


Wednesday, April 7 2010

Soundscape Mix #4: Zombies

Zombies are a lot of things to a lot of people. At once mystical and tragic, there is just something about them that transcends the horror film and video game genres.


Wednesday, March 31 2010

Ceasuri Rele: The “Dark Times” of Negură Bunget

After an acrimonious split, Romania's Negură Bunget has returned with a revamped line-up and a slew of new material, only to face questions about the band's credibility from fans and ex-members alike.


Tuesday, March 30 2010

Sinnin’ and Sin-Eatin’ Southern Rock

Bands like Southern Culture on the Skids and the Legendary Shack Shakers do their best to preserve a sense of Southern character.


Monday, March 29 2010

Ain’t No Cure for the Digital Virus

How I came to love electronic music... I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell looped and thrown over a 4/4 or broken beat with a bad ass bass line.


Sunday, March 28 2010

Going Solo: The Return of the One-man Band

Maybe it’s the crappy economy, or just an extension of the long-term trend in popular music toward smaller and smaller ensembles, but it sure seems like there are a lot of one-man bands out there lately.


Thursday, March 25 2010

He Took It All Too Far:  David Bowie’s “Ziggy” Years, 1971-1973

At a time when the rock heroes of the era embodied macho appeal and dressed down in jeans and T-shirts, Bowie’s Ziggy struck an incongruous chord while challenging gender identifications.


Tuesday, March 23 2010

Wake the Dead or No One Will Listen: Skid Row’s Subhuman Race

In 1995, Skid Row fell back on the only choice that remains for a metal band with no place in the mainstream culture: they made the heaviest damn album in the world.


Tuesday, March 16 2010

The Nonchalant Brilliance of John Pizzarelli, Jr.

John Pizzarelli is cool enough to be modern but hot enough to be 'old' -- and he knows what he's doing with that voice, even if he's no Sinatra.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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